Turning faith into action for peace

CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression.

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Inclusive, multi-faith, spiritually guided peacemaking. We approach injustice from a spirit of faith and compassion.

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CPT accompanies and supports our partners in their local peacemaking work in situations of violent oppression.

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Committed to undoing the structures of oppression that feed violence, both in society and within our organization.

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VIAL 15 Davası Raporu

22 July 2021
AMS olarak, göç ve göçmenlerin suçlu sayılmasının Yunanistan ve Avrupa Birliği'nin göçü "yönetme" yönteminin temel taşı olduğuna inanıyoruz. Mahkeme salonlarının duvarlarına bugüne kadar birçok karanlık sayfa yazıldı. Bu nedenle, yargılamalarda gözlemcilerin bulunması, usulleri karşılaştırması ve usulsüzlükleri, adaletsizlikleri ve ulusal ve uluslararası yasaların ihlallerini ortaya çıkarması önemli. Gözlemcilerin mevcudiyeti sanıklara maddi ve manevi destek sağlamakta, hakim, savcı ve polise izlendiklerini göstermekte ve sanığın adil yargılanma şansını artırmaktadır. Bu kapsamda Sakız adasındaki VIAL kampını ateşe vermekle suçlanan VIAL 15 olarak bilinen on beş gencin duruşmasında hazır bulunduk.

Για την Δίκη των 15 της ΒΙΑΛ

22 July 2021
Ως AMS εκτιμούμε πως η ποινικοποίηση της μετανάστευσης και των μεταναστών είναι ένα καίριο ζήτημα στον τρόπο που Ελλάδα και Ε.Ε. «διαχειρίζονται» το μεταναστευτικό ζήτημα και πολλές «μαύρες σελίδες» αδικίας και συστηματικών διακρίσεων έχουν γραφτεί μέσα στους τέσσερις τοίχους των δικαστικών αιθουσών. Για το λόγο αυτό έχει ιδιαίτερη σημασία να υπάρχουν παρατηρητές στις δίκες ώστε να συγκρίνουν και να αποκαλύπτουν παρατυπίες, αδικίες, παραβίασες εγχώριων και διεθνών νομοθεσιών. Παράλληλα η παρουσία των παρατηρητών να συμβάλλει στην ανάγκη υλικής και ηθικής υποστήριξής ανθρώπων που κατηγορούνται, δείχνοντας σε δικαστές εισαγγελείς και αστυνομία ότι δεν δρουν ερήμην, αυξάνοντας τις πιθανότητες οι κατηγορούμενοι να λάβουν μια δίκαιη δίκη. Σε αυτό το πλαίσιο είμασταν παρόντες τη δίκη για τον εμπρησμό της ΒΙΑΛ.

AEGEAN MIGRANT SOLIDARITY: Report on the trial of the VIAL 15

22 July 2021
The criminalization of migration and migrants has become a cornerstone of Greek and European Union migration “management”. Many dark pages have been written on the walls of the courtrooms. Therefore, it is crucial to have observers at the trials to compare procedures and expose irregularities, injustices, and violations of domestic and international laws. The presence of observers also offers moral support and basic needs for the accused and shows judges, prosecutors and police that they are being watched, increasing the chances that the accused will receive a fair trial. In this context, AMS was present at the trial of fifteen young men, known as the VIAL 15, accused of setting fire to the VIAL camp on Chios island.

TISN: Reconciliation is Dead

18 July 2021
On 1 July, Indigenous activists brought down the statue of Queen Victoria in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Queen Victoria was the head of the British Empire from 1837 until 1901. She is a figurehead of colonialism and genocide and was the sitting monarch for the British Commonwealth of Canada when residential schools began. Despite her legacy, some politicians, including the Premier of Manitoba, condemned the removal of her statue, stating it had no place in the process of reconciliation. (Although one might argue that maintaining a statue that celebrates colonialism is more apt to be a barrier to reconciliation than its removal). These critics failed to remember that since February 2020, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided Unist’ot’en in Wet’suwet’en Territory, reconciliation is dead.
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Colombia

Accompanying small farming and mining communities caught in the crossfire of decades of war and, more recently, hyper-development. Partnering with local human rights organizations. Highlighting the effects of a conflict that has permeated urban social structures through organized crime, trafficking, and displacement from rural areas.

Iraqi Kurdistan

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Partnering with mountain village and shepherd communities that peacefully resist displacement and destruction caused by cross-border military operations. Accompanying human rights defenders and civil initiatives standing against oppression. Documenting impacts of violence on civilians and advocating locally and internationally for change.

Palestine

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Supporting Palestinian-led, nonviolent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation and the unjust structures that uphold it. Documenting human rights violations in occupied Palestine. Partnering with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating the international community to help create a space for justice and peace.

Turtle Island Solidarity Network

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CPT's Indigenous Solidarity work is now carried by the Turtle Island Solidarity Network (TISN), which shares resources and takes action to support Indigenous Solidarity efforts across Turtle Island (North America). CPTers who are members of TISN take part in actions, workshops, and presentations focused on reconciliation, undoing settler colonialism, and training settlers in US and Canada to understand and participate in Indigenous Solidarity.

Aegean Migrant Solidarity

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Partnering with local and international organizations committed to solidarity with refugees who are nonviolently defending their human rights. Reporting on the inhumane living situations in the military-run refugee camp Moria. Accompany refugees in nonviolent protests against unfair treatment. Monitoring vessels on the Aegean Sea, and welcoming refugees as they newly arrive on Lesvos after the perilous crossing. The team is based in Lesvos, Greece.